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A wet bride is a lucky bride if there is a beautiful winery

Let me tell you about a wedding among the barrels, aperitif in the historic cellar and a candle lite wedding banquet in the veranda among the vines. Do you like it?

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Wedding in the winery Tuscany Fattoria del Colle

Wedding in the winery Tuscany Fattoria del Colle

A really special wedding, ideal for those who choose the Tuscan countryside because of its special touch in uniqueness and charm which comes from the wine’s magic.
The Fattoria del Colle winery has a large hall covered by brick vaulted ceiling, along the walls are situated the small barrels where the Orcia Doc Cenerentola wine ages. This is the location where to organize the ceremony with the altar and the chairs for the wedding couple covered in white satin. It is not a Church (by the way the estate has a delightful chapel that can welcome up to 40 guests) but the effect is all the same solemn , even though quite unusual.
Next to the barrel ageing area, where there are still visible traces of the original medieval walls, is where the aperitif is served. This is a suggestive area which gives the buffet a particular Tuscan imprint. In other words it is not an anonymous frame for the wedding of a couple who has chosen Tuscany to celebrate their love.

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Castello di Querceto a party in the middle of Chianti Classico

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Golden wedding anniversary for Antonietta and Alessandro Francois with an unexpected thunderstorm which forced the party to be moved from the park to the halls inside Castello di Querceto

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Alessandro-Francois-with-Fopre-and-Pellucci

Alessandro-Francois-with-Fopre-and-Pellucci

It is very difficult to find a couple who get on so well in life and in work. Antonietta and Alessandro Francois, married 50 years ago, have celebrated their love as if it were the first day. Castello di Querceto unfortunately is under a heavy rainfall which forces a change in the programming of the party. What a shame!!! Even under the rain though the park with its lakes, the centenary cedar woods and the lights appear like a fairytale location. Luckily the Castello di Querceto halls are an authentic museum and Antonietta’s special touch has made them comfortable and welcoming. Read more…


White wine by the Romans and Riccardo Tesi and his accordion

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Riccardo Tesi –Banditaliana- to understand how Tuscan folklore can meet Jazz and the songs by the singer-songwriters De Andrè, Vanoni, Fossati and give us emotions

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Riccardo Tesi Premio Civiltà contadina 2013

Did you know that the Romanswine was only white? Did you know that the diatonic organ was an ancestor of the accordion? This is what I have learnt on a warm summer evening in Montalcino.
The “Centro studi delle campagne e del lavoro contadino” concludes the Montalcino august with a cultural appointment which surprises and gets more interesting as the years go by. The seminary lasts one week, unites the universities of Bologna, Firenze, Siena and of the Tuscia and this year was dedicated to the history of the countryside. What a wonderful title!
The award “Storia agraria” 2013 went to Gianfranco Pasquali among other things has studied wine. <<Up until the 13th century the important wine was only white, just as in the Roman era. The grapes were first pressed and then allowed to ferment>> explained the eminent historian <<The farmers on the other hand used to ferment the red grapes with the skins so as to obtain first the wine and then the “vinello” letting the skins ferment again with water. Only in the 13th-14th century did the red wines get vinified tank to the discovery of the procedure which allowed more pleasant red wines to be made>>.I think that they had understood how to remove some of the stems before vinification and so they obtained wines that were less tannic and aggressive. Read more…

The First lady in the kitchen is the Italian Nadia Santini

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The best female chef in the world is Nadia from the “Dal Pescatore” restaurant in Mantova while Massimo Bottura is 3rd in the rating of the TOP 50

Nadia Santini Dal Pescatore

Nadia Santini Dal Pescatore

An Italian lady wins the golden medal in the kitchen while in the general list, where the guys dominate with no competition, Massimo Bottura from the Osteria Francescana in Modena brings home a bronze medal.
Well done to both of them, to reach such heights is as difficult as winning the Olympics, maybe even harder. The English magazine “The world 50 best restaurant” awards in the first two positions giants such as Joan Roca El Celler de Can Roca (Girona Spain) and René Redzepi from Noma in Copenhagen. On the other hand the title won by Nadia Santini has previously been won in past years by Elena Arzak and Anna Sophie Pic, so actually an Italian, a Spanish and a French woman.
But lets see you this queen of the kitchen is, Nadia Santini, who looks like a University professor , with a nice face framed by silver hair and lively and curios eyes. Read more…


In 2013 again the harvest will be scarce

Fattoria del Colle winery - June 2013

Fattoria del Colle winery - June 2013

The wine maker Valérie Lavigne, that for the past four years advises Donatella Cinelli Colombini, has been in the Brunello and Orcia Doc vineyards and says <<not many grapes>>

This time the Casato Prime Donne in Montalcino and Fattoria del Colle in Trequanda (southern Chianti) super consultant’s visit concentrated on the vineyards. After eight months of rain the colour of the leaves, especially the young vines, shows how hungry the plants are.

The attempts to give them nourishment through the leaves have in fact nearly

the agronomist and the enologist of Fattoria del Colle winery in the vineyard

the agronomist and the enologist of Fattoria del Colle winery in the vineyard

all failed because the rain always arrived just after the treatment had been given taking away the nitrogen, potassium, and phosphorus . <<At the moment there is no reason for alarm, as long as the sunshine arrives>> says Valérie noticing though that the production of grapes is scarce and that the next harvest will be, for the third consecutive year, below the usual amount.

The tastings with the cellar master Barbara Magnani concentrated on the differences between the woods used for the barrels: a definite preference for the light charring and for the Bourgogne techniques, which, created for a mono-varietal wine based on Pinot Noir, seem t adapt magnificently to the elegant austerity of Sangiovese.
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